Qualicum Beach council Monday approved spending $420,000 to repave Memorial Avenue from the roundabout to the town boundary near the Highway 19 on and off ramps.
The work will be done by Hay-lock Bros. Paving Ltd.
Engineering Director Bob Weir said the road experiences 11,000 vehicles a day, much of it heavy commercial traffic, and the surface is rapidly deteriorating. Weir said he and Public Works Superintendent Al Cameron were "shocked" by the degradation.
If the town waits, he said, it will have to reconstruct the road, not just do an overlay, at a much higher cost.
The repaving should last 20-25 years, he said.
The town had budgeted $450,000 for the overlay and $75,000 for crack sealing, so Mayor Teunis Westbroek asked if any remaining money could be spent on Royal Dornoch Drive, which along with more than a dozen other roads, has been on the town's should-do list for years.
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